Suresh Naidu

Suresh Naidu is Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Columbia University/SIPA. He has a PhD from UC Berkeley and was previously a Harvard Academy Scholar. His interests include political economy, economic history, and development economics.

Researcher's Grant Projects

Building on previous exploratory work, this study utilizes data from conflict-affected Eastern Congo to examine the formation of ‘states’ by armed groups, their taxation activities, and policies aimed at reducing their state capacity. 
Researchers: Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, Suresh Naidu, Gauthier Marchais
Grants Round: 3rd MRG Round
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
This study uses data on modern-day Eastern Congo to explore whether returns to taxation of resources can explain the establishment of protection, taxation, and dispute resolution institutions.
Researchers: Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, Suresh Naidu
Grants Round: 7th Round
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states
The research identifies which Haitian institutions contribute to underdevelopment by limiting access to international trade, and aims to study how these restrictions affect the distribution of gains from trade throughout Haitian society.
Researchers: Suresh Naidu, James Robinson, Lauren Young
Grants Round: 2nd Round
Country: Haiti
Cross-cutting themes: Fragile and conflict-affected states